Abdurasulov, Bobojonov, Narziyev and Rikhsiboyev started the year with success at the Uzbekistan International Junior Tournament

The Uzbekistan International Junior Boxing Tournament started the year of 2020 in their capital city of Tashkent which saw tough battles between strong nations.

Boxers who were born in 2004 and in 2005 were eligible to attend in the Uzbekistan International Junior Boxing Tournament. Besides to the official 13 junior weight classes, two more were added to the schedule of the event, the 42kg and the 44kg divisions which meant that 15 champions have been crowned in Tashkent.

The international event was the first preparation competition for the Children of Asia Games which will be the main challenge for the junior boxers in 2020. The multisport event is scheduled to be hosted in the city of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on August 15-25 short after the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.  

The first gold medal of the Uzbekistan International Junior Tournament was achieved by ASBC Asian Schoolboys Champion Khumoyunmirzo Abdurasulov who defeated his teammate Javokhir Koysinov in the final of the 42kg weight class. Tajikistan’s Alisher Saidov advanced to the final of the 44kg division but he suffered a loss to Tashkent region’s Zikirjon Ummataliyev and claimed only silver in the event.

Shokhrukh Abdimalikov is another Tashkent region boxer who succeeded over Bukhara’s Asadbek Rajabov in the final of the pinweight (46kg). Dzhizak’s Khasan Orazaliyev defeated four boxers during his road to the title of the light flyweight (48kg) including Tashkent’s Khasan Mirsobitov and claimed his first big international title.

Two-time Uzbek Schoolboys National Champion Boburbek Bobojonov was one of the best boxers in the Kuwait City 2019 ASBC Asian Schoolboys Boxing Championships where he claimed gold medal. The 14-year-old talent joined to the junior boxers and defeated his main national rival at the flyweight (50kg), Tashkent’s Javokhir Ummataliyev.

Kazakhstan’s talented Mukhammedzhan Arinov advanced to the final of the light bantamweight (52kg) but he was unable to capture the title following his loss to Uzbekistan’s Jamshidkhodja Sapakhodjayev who defeated also the top favourite, ASBC Asian Junior Boxing Championships bronze medallist Anvar Boltaboyev in the semi-finals of the international event.

Bakhtiyor Zukhrillayev is a superb talent in Uzbekistan but his final opponent in the event was Tajikistan’s ASBC Asian Junior Champion Abubakr Murodov. The Tashkent-based bantamweight (54kg) boxer delivered his best ever performance in the final and landed enough punches to beat his Tajik opponent.

Samarkand’s Jakhongir Mukhiddinov had a seriously tough final Andizhan’s Nodirbek Soipov but his final minute was enough to take the gold medal of the featherweight (57kg). ASBC Asian Schoolboys Champion Jakhongir Narziyev joined to the juniors a few days ago and he quickly won his first competition in 2020 after beating Sunatullo Abdurakhimov of Tashkent region at the lightweight (60kg).

Samandar Toshpulatov was the main favourite for the gold medal at the light welterweight (63kg) and he realized his golden dreams after beating Aman Konisbekov. Tashkent’s next finalist was Mukhammadsobir Aleuatdinov, who eliminated ASBC Asian Schoolboys Champion Mizrob Nekboyev, but he suffered a clear loss to Andizhan’s Fayzullo Akhmedov at the welterweight (66kg).

The title of the light middleweight (70kg) was achieved by Mirodil Saidoripov of Tashkent who had a narrow success over Abdulla Oripov of Ferghana. Khumoyunmirzo Odiljonov (75kg), Sobir Rejamatov (80kg) and 14-year-old Khusan Rikhsiboyev (+80kg) all won their weight classes against tough opponents in Tashkent.

List of the winners in the Uzbekistan International Junior Tournament
 42kg: Khumoyunmirzo Abdurasulov, Uzbekistan
 44kg: Zikirjon Ummataliyev, Uzbekistan
 46kg: Shokhrukh Abdimalikov, Uzbekistan
 48kg: Khasan Orazaliyev, Uzbekistan
 50kg: Boburbek Bobojonov, Uzbekistan
 52kg: Jamshidkhodja Sapakhodjayev, Uzbekistan
 54kg: Bakhtiyor Zukhrillayev, Uzbekistan
 57kg: Jakhongir Mukhiddinov, Uzbekistan
 60kg: Jakhongir Narziyev, Uzbekistan
 63kg: Samandar Toshpulatov, Uzbekistan
 66kg: Fayzullo Akhmedov, Uzbekistan
 70kg: Mirodil Saidoripov, Uzbekistan
 75kg: Khumoyunmirzo Odiljonov, Uzbekistan
 80kg: Sobir Rejamatov, Uzbekistan
 +80kg: Khusan Rikhsiboyev, Uzbekistan